Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery Welcomes Jeanne Bessette and Jonas Gerard to South Florida! Jonas Gerard displays his colorful, energetic and spontaneous paintings and Jeanne Bessette takes “mixed media” to a new level. The Rickie Report knows you will not be disappointed as you explore this wonderful gallery in the Northwood Village neighborhood. More details are in this article.
544 Northwood Road
West Palm Beach, FL
The Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery represents exceptional contemporary artists for both first time buyers and discerning collectors. SuzConnors Fine Art is a unique and intimate exhibition space in the heart of the Northwood Village historic district in West Palm Beach, FL. The Gallery features monthly SOLO exhibitions as well as selected group shows throughout the year and is located at 544 Northwood Road.
Jeanne is an emerging artist who is taking the East Coast by storm. An extraordinary mixed media artist, she has been featured in media ranging from Artsy Shark to Art Marketing Resources and was recently designated one of Top 50 Emerging Artists to Watch by Art Business News Magazine.
Aside from being a wonderfully talented artist, Jeanne has a vibrant, poetic way with words. I just love the way she describes her creative process. Here’s an excerpt from her website, bessetteart.com: “I interact with the canvas on a deep, intuitive level. I don’t plan composition or color; I just open myself to my inner sanctum: sponges, rags, fingers, colored pencils, ink, graphite, charcoal, spraying through stencils, palette knives to scratch through a layer of paint to the source underneath, a few brushes, crayons, pastels, chalk—whatever jumps into my hand! Corrugated cardboard and burlap add texture, squashed right into the gesso”.
Jeanne goes on to explain, “Acrylic dries fast—I’m so impatient—and it lets me move quickly. As each canvas comes alive with color, I crank up the music, layer paint with scraps and medium, then varnish, then paint, then varnish… Up to 10 layers of my own secret glazing formula gives me the depth and translucency I’m looking for. “Each wash of varnish becomes a windowpane so the light can come inside the heart of the painting. The whole process is a meditative, jazzy madness with controlled surprises and big body movement and lots of out loud conversation between the paintings and me.” Jeanne says she’s learned that her job is “to show up and then get out of the way. That’s where the magic is.” She also says she’s a storyteller at heart. Right you are, Jeanne, Both on the canvas and on the page!
Asheville, NC artist Jonas Gerard was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1941 of French and Brazilian ancestry. He migrated to New York City at age thirteen and has lived thelife of an artist since the age of sixteen, when he began his early participation in art shows on the very streets of New York. Living in Greenwich Village in the ‘60’s, Jonas was part of that era of personal and creative experimentation. Since then, he has been “blessed or cursed” with a need to express the constant non-stop flow of creative energy that has become the focus of his life.
This inner push to make art has taken him through a series of stylistic periods: figurative, narrative, representational, abstract, and three-dimensional. Although well know for his canvas works, the latter is reflected in his wall sculptures of bent wood, mixed-media assemblages and freestanding outdoor sculptures.
Being basically self-taught, he is continually searching for a more authentic and honest expression; he compares it to fine-tuning a new language so that communication exists without static, fuzz, or interference. Through the flow of forms, contours, colors and pattern in his constructions, he seeks to create a harmonious relationship between totally different elements. Consequently, an emotional atmosphere radiates from his work that draws the viewer into the piece. That wave of energy manifested by the artist through his work eludes adequate definition, but is there in the composition to be tapped into at any time.
It is no wonder that the brilliant use of color dominates Jonas Gerard’s work…Interlaced with the masterful choreography of form and composition…is the absolute joy of child-like discovery! Throughout all of the work we find the rhythmic influence of the language of music as it is interpreted with the visual eloquence of multiple mediums.
Who’s afraid of color? Certainly not Gerard, whose paintings evoke the sunset, the ocean and the meandering of tropical vines. The grace and cosmopolitan ease of Gerard’s art lies in his witty linking together of disparate elements.
— William Zimmer, New York Times, NYC
About the Gallery:
The Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery represents exceptional contemporary artists for both first time buyers and discerning collectors. SuzConnors Fine Art is a unique and intimate exhibition space in the heart of the Northwood Village historic district in West Palm Beach, FL. Suzanne Connors fine Arts Gallery features monthly SOLO exhibitions as well as selected group shows throughout the year. The Gallery is located at 544 Northwood Road. For further information contact: Suzanne Connors 561-841-6779 email@example.com www.suzanneconnorsfineart.com
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